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Automobile coat made out of raccoon fur (1906, U.S.)

Raccoon coats were a fad in the United States during the 1920s, particularly with (male) college students in the middle and later years of the decade. They are full-length fur coats. They became popular due to the stories of Davy Crockett and popular artist James Van Der Zee.[1] George Olsen and His Music released a recording highlighting the fad in 1928, titled "Doin' the Raccoon", with the lyrics:

From every college campus comes the cheer: oy-yoy!
The season for the raccoon coat is here, my boy!
Rough guys, tough guys, men of dignity,
Join the raccoon coat fraternity, soon,
To do the raccoon!

A few months after Olsen's recording hit the air, the November 16, 1929 issue of The Saturday Evening Post featured an Alan Foster illustration of several college men wearing raccoon coats.[2] The raccoon coat (many times accompanied with a straw boater, wingtip spectator oxfords, and either a saxophone or a ukelele) has been referenced numerous times in movies and television, both as a symbol of the Jazz Age and as a cliché motif of collegiate enthusiasm.

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Sat, 03 Jan 2015 21:47:39 -0800

Sue Hodapp had DeMay redesign a floor-length raccoon coat her husband bought her 25 years ago at Bloomingdale's in New York for $2,500. She is 5 feet 3 inches tall and the coat was within six inches of her feet. “It kept me warm for 25 years,” she said ...

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Thu, 08 Jan 2015 07:47:15 -0800

Its richness and sumptuous luster are hard to square with the post-Renunciation principles of male dress. The too-muchness of fur is its virtue, so less is more, more than ever. The raccoon coat has its partisans and its Jazz-Age swank, but in this ...

Washington Times

Washington Times
Thu, 08 Jan 2015 06:15:00 -0800

Other items include Dean Martin's military jacket costume from the 1958 movie “The Young Lions” and Peter Lawford's raccoon coat from the 1948 film “Easter Parade.” ___. Online: http://www.GoldinAuctions.com. Copyright © 2015 The Washington Times, ...


Wed, 21 Jan 2015 09:18:17 -0800

In New York City, Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia feted her, and the International Fur and Leather Workers Union offered her a gift: a "full-length raccoon coat of beautifully blended skins, which would be resplendent in an opera setting." It would be equally ...
Wed, 14 Jan 2015 06:37:30 -0800

In addition to the paintings, the exhibition also features wintery memorabilia from OHA's permanent collection, including a full-length double breasted raccoon coat, an unusual double-handled metal shovel, an old wooden shovel used to clear the ...


Wed, 24 Dec 2014 12:26:15 -0800

The journey began with an eight-mile sleigh ride to the nearest railroad at Empire. Father looked magnificent in a burly raccoon coat; Mother was splendid in unaccustomed sealskin and ostrich plumes; and of course, we children were under fur skin robes ...

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Harvard Magazine
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:15:08 -0800

In his later years, Gibson was known to walk to dinner every night at the nearby Ritz Carlton Hotel, often dressed to the nines in a top hat and tuxedo under his big raccoon coat. Some neighbors dubbed him “Mr. Boston.” Just inside the museum, dark ...


Wed, 26 Nov 2014 02:36:53 -0800

This stance is as outdated as the raccoon coat. Players can take exams any number of ways that doesn't require them to sit in a proctored classroom with a ticking clock and a blue book. They show during the season that they can balance the rigors of ...

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